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If you operate a hairdresser in Northern Ireland, you must be registered with your local authority and comply with local Health and Safety rules.  If the business changes into new ownership, the new owner must also register with Council.

To register your hairdressing business, please contact the Environmental Services Department within Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.  An Environmental Health Officer will guide you through the registration process and provide you with the relevant registration form.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council can make by-laws relating to the following:

  • Inspecting premises
  • Ensuring the premises are sufficiently clean, lit and ventilated
  • Detailing precautions to be made in relation to protecting against contamination or infection
  • Ensuring that anyone employed in such a business has sufficient training on how to use tools and apparatus and for hygienic working methods
  • To require insurance to be in place against third party liabilities

Officers of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will have the power to enter and inspect premises.


This service is free of charge.

Eligibility Criteria

No provision in legislation.

Regulation Summary

Hairdressers Act (NI) 1939

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in legislation.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council within 20 days, please contact us.

Apply Online

Application to register as a hairdresser

Application to change a hairdresser registration

Forms to download, print and post

Link to PDF

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in the first instance.

Applicants will be notified within 10 working days of any Council decision in respect of the application.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in the first instance.

If a licence holder is convicted of an offence in a Magistrates court and the court cancel the registration, the licence holder may appeal against the cancellation to the court they were convicted in.


Contact Details

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Environmental Services Department

Coleraine Office

66 Portstewart Road


BT52 1EY


Ballymoney Office

14 Charles Street


BT53 6DZ

Ballycastle Office

7 Mary Street


BT54 6QH

Limavady Office

7 Connell Street


BT49 0HA


Consumer Complaint

We would advise that in the event of a complaint, the first contact is made with the trader by you – preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of deliver).

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK: Consumer Direct will give you advice.  From outside the UK contact the: European Consumer Centre.